Zubair Ahmad QC > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


Zubair is widely recognised as a leading slik in serious and complex crime and fraud. He represents professional clients in high profile and heavyweight criminal matters both at the investigation stage and at trial. He advises in cases involving professionals who are facing criminal and disciplinary proceedings arising in connection with their work such as fraud, corruption, serious professional misconduct and negligence. In cases involving a fatality he will also act in the Inquest proceedings. A significant part of his work involves handling sensitive and controversial matters in the field of national security as a Special Advocate. He acts in high profile civil claims and judicial review proceedings in the High Court against the intelligence services and other Government departments.

He has appeared in some of the most prominent and significant cases involving national security / Justice and Security Act 2013 closed material procedure cases in recent years. Currently appointed in Moazzam Begg v HM Treasury (Asset Freeze); Abdul Hakim Belhaj v Rt Hon Jack Straw, Sir Mark Allen CMG, The Secret Intelligence Service, The Security Service and others (civil claim); Iraqi Civilians Litigation (civil claim). In Business Crime, recent instructions have involved Zubair advising on corruption charges relating to a law officer. He is currently leading counsel defending the first defendant in a multi million pound MTIC fraud.


Called 1995; Lincoln’s Inn; South Eastern Circuit; A-G’s Special Advocate panel since 2005; A-G’s Special Counsel (PII) panel since 2004; List of Counsel for the defence and victims at the International Criminal Court since 2005; Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2019.


Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi.



  • 2019: Appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • 2005: Appointed to the International Criminal Court list of victims and defence counsel
  • 2005: Appointed to the Attorney-General’s Special Advocates Panel
  • 2004: Appointed to the Attorney-General’s Special Counsel Panel
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit


Academy of European Law, Trier, Germany.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Zubair Ahmad QC2 Hare CourtHe goes in to court knowing the papers inside out and backwards.